The mission of the St. Joseph County Great Start Collaborative is to engage the entire community to assure a coordinated system of services and resources to assist families in providing a great start for their children from birth through age five.

An Alcohol-Free Pregnancy is the Best Choice for Your Baby

September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of each year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should abstain from alcohol. The first awareness […]

Engaging Toddlers in Nature Play

Your child is watching your every move and picking up cues based on how you interact with nature. If your aim is to instill respect and love for all things wild, click the link below for simple activities for children ages three months to two years old. […]

Great Books to Read to Infants and Toddlers

Many families are familiar with classic books like Goodnight Moon and read them over and over with their very youngest children. Here are some more recent titles and reissues you and your baby will both love. (Note: Many of these books are available in Spanish, and can […]

Budget Brief: Community Health budget invests in healthy workforce

The final Department of Community Health Budget for the year that begins Oct. 1st makes important investments in a healthy workforce, including full funding for the Healthy Michigan Plan. The latest in the League’s Budget Briefs series examines the Department of Community Health, the largest state department budget. Included in the budget plan […]

Three FREE Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Webinars

July 28, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30p.m. (EST) Detection, Discovery, and Diagnosis: This Webinar will be led by Yasmin Senturias, M.D., FAAP, and will delineate the signs and symptoms that may indicate prenatal alcohol exposure and a possible condition along the continuum of FASD. An algorithm for evaluation […]

Six Highly Contested State House Races Featured in the Sandbox

The Sandbox Party profiles four Republican House primaries and two Democratic House primaries on its website today. These are heavily contested races in the August 5 election. Because of the district’s voting histories, the winners on Primary Day are likely to be victorious in November, as well. In each of these districts, the […]